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Automatic Knives – Unusual Suspects

Cutting Edged Technology

When seconds count, automatic knives can make the difference between life and the Big Hereafter. Given the environments in which these tools operate, it’s even more important they function perfectly every time. Filled with high-tech goodness, these aren’t the el cheapo switchblades of yesteryear. There are federal and state laws regarding automatic knives, and some manufacturers may restrict their sales to military and law enforcement only. So, if you are looking to add an auto to your collection, be sure to do your due diligence.

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Brand
Pro-Tech
Model
TR-2 Shaw Skull
OAL
7.6 inches
Blade Length
3 inches
Blade Material
154CM
Weight
3.3 ounces
MSRP
$300
URL
www.protechknives.com

This limited-run version of the popular TR-2 features a Bruce Shaw-designed sterling silver skull and a two-tone 154-CM spear-point blade. Nylon sheath pouch included.

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Brand
SOG
Model
SE-51 Spec-Elite I
OAL
7.8 inches
Blade Length
3.5 inches
Blade Material
AUS-8
Weight
2.8 ounces
MSRP
$175
URL
www.sogknives.com

Super-fast and reliable opening with built-in safeties and reversible low-carry clips makes this auto a winner that’s also reasonably priced.

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Brand
Emerson/Pro-Tech
Model
CQC7 Auto E7T08
OAL
7.9 inches
Blade Length
3.25 inches
Blade Material
154CM
Weight
4.1 ounces
MSRP
$280
URL
www.protechknives.com

A collaboration between Pro-Tech and tactical knife icon Ernest Emerson earned this auto the Best Collaboration Award when it debuted at the Professional Knife Maker’s Association in Denver. Nylon carry pouch included.

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Brand
Gerber
Model
06 Auto
OAL
8.5 inches
Blade Length
3.70 inches
Blade Material
S30V
Weight
6.30 ounces
MSRP
$200
URL
www.gerbergear.com

Gerber added G-10 handles to its top-selling 06 Auto to reduce weight, and the pommel features a strike point for emergency egress.

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Brand
Benchmade
Model
3300 Infidel
OAL
8.95 inches
Blade Length
3.95 inches
Blade Material
D2 Tool Steel
Weight
5 ounces
MSRP
$460
URL
www.benchmade.com

Featuring Benchmade’s patent pending double-action out-the-front auto action and bi-directional grips make for a serious edged weapon. Include is a MOLLE compatible sheath pouch.

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Brand
Piranha
Model
Excalibur
OAL
7.9 inches
Blade Length
3.2 inches
Blade Material
154CM
Weight
4.4 ounces
MSRP
$550
URL
www.piranhaknife.com

This double-action out-the-front automatic is offered in a dizzying array of colors and finishes, but all feature Type 3 hardcoat anodized 6061-T6 frames and titanium pocket clips.

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Brand
CRKT
Model
M16-04A
OAL
9.25 inches
Blade Length
4.0 inches
Blade Material
CPM-154
Weight
4.8 ounces
MSRP
$300
URL
www.crkt.com

Designed by Kit Carson, this auto knife offers a large blade in a relatively lightweight package with a 6061 Type 3 anodized aluminum handle.